How do you get rid of fleas!?

Amber - posted on 12/29/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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How do you get rid of fleas!? My cats must of got fleas at the vet because since then I have had HORRIBLE fleas. My daughter and I have very bad flea bites. I flea bombed, washed my blankets, out cats outside, and the fleas are still here. Any ideas???

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April - posted on 12/29/2010

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Clean your house with a mixture of vinegar and water. It smells but it really works.

Sabra - posted on 12/29/2010

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One thing I want to add is that fleas will not live off of humans. They need an animal to survive so if you treat the pet properly all of the ones in your house will eventually die off. I don't remember what it was called but I got a little liquid from my vet that is placed on the back of my cats neck. It worked like a charm.

Erin - posted on 12/29/2010

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Everyone has given great advice so I will just second the pill that kills fleas in 24 hours. It works!

Kate CP - posted on 12/29/2010

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Treat the house, treat the pets, and treat the yard. Fleas have been horrible this past year, especially in Texas. To treat the house you need to vacuum every day and I suggest putting a flea collar in your vacuum bag or container. This will kill all the eggs and fleas you vacuum up. Vacuum the upholstery, under beds and sofas (they like dark places) and the cracks and crevices near the walls. Treat the pets with the expensive stuff (Hartz, Sargeants, and other brands don't work and have actually killed animals) and treat them EVERY MONTH, YEAR ROUND! Go to a home improvement store and find something called Se7en dust or spray. It kills EVERYTHING in the yard. If you treat all three areas you should get rid of the buggers in a month or two.

The most common culprit for fleas is actually a next door neighbor who has outside dogs.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/29/2010

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Revolution, advantage, or frontline. Those are the vet sold ones, atleast the best ones.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/29/2010

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Hmm...interesting, I never heard of using baking soda.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/29/2010

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PSS pets get tapeworms from eating fleas. Cats groom alot, and the barbs in their tongues are perfect for grabbing fleas...they swallow them...then VOILE...tapeworms. Watch your litter box for this. If you are finding "rice" where your cat usually beds, those may be the tapeworm segments...fyi.

Amy - posted on 12/29/2010

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What I read was to DEHYDRATE them. Baking soda on the carpets - or that diatamacious earth [sp?]. On the cats themselves....sorry kitties, that good ole frontline stuff. Vacuum like it's the only job you have and take it out right away. If you have vacuum bags, wrap it in newspaper - something about the ink poisons them. Constantly comb kitty if he'll let you. I'm trying to remember what my sis said she did...vicks lotion or peppermint lotion on kids. She said they didn't like the taste. If you can eat lots of garlic, too, that seems to keep them away. and yes, the vinegar thing has worked for us too. But, we gave our dogs a bath with vinegar. not sure how well that'll work on the cat. Maybe dip a brush in it and brush them?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/29/2010

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PS. It can take literally months to completely rid of them Keep the fronline on them! It is expensive, but worth every penny! You can also see if the vet can give you capstar...or something similiar. it is a pill that the pet ingests that kills all the fleas within 24 hours., Not sure if it is available anymore, it was 1 year ago when I left working for the Vet.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/29/2010

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Ok, first off.....don't blame the vet. You can carry them inside on your socks! Also if your cat is an indoor/outdoor cat...that is where the problem is. Are you from the US? Cause it is fllea season! Fleas are hard as hell to get rid of. Get some Frontline for the cat...and keep them on it! The fleas will be off of them in no time...and as they shed the flea treatment gets over the house also. Get vet grade bombs, and house flea spray. Be very careful if you are buying off brand stuff...some of it will kill cats if they are near it..exposed. Ask the vet for products they recomend. After vaccuuming, emply the bag outside and close tighly iin bags. Egss are hard to kill, so vaccuum and machine was everything, Good luck!

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